National Insurance Corporation Limited ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgNational Insurance Corporation Limited ( listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Insurance Corporation Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Insurance Corporation Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Insurance Corporation Limited (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Insurance Corporation Limited (now NIC Holdings Limited) is a leading insurance company in Uganda. It was established in 1964 as a wholly-owned government parastatal; and privatised in 2005 with Industrial and General Insurance Plc (IGI) purchasing a 60% stake in the insurance business through its special purpose vehicle, Corporate Holdings Limited. IGI is the largest private sector insurer and fastest growing insurance company in Nigeria, with operations in Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Europe and America. The company established two wholly-owned subsidiaries; NIC General Insurance Company Limited (NIC General) which took over the general insurance business; and NIC Life Assurance Company Limited (NIC Assurance) which took over individual and group life assurance. National Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Eclector bookshop

first_img Howard Lake | 6 March 2010 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Eclector bookshop About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Fundraisers share their ideas at the first Fundraising Camp

first_img UK Fundraising’s first Fundraising Camp took place in Oxford on Tuesday this week. Over 60 fundraisers spent the day at this ‘unconference’-style event, the first of its kind for fundraisers in the UK.Unlike standard conferences, Fundraising Camp aims to unlock the expertise and experience in the people who are usually the audience. The audience are the speakers at Fundraising Camp!Undaunted by this, fundraisers from national and local charities attended and submitted ideas for 30 minute sessions. Some people made formal presentations, such as those from our sponsors Be Inspired Films and One Cent Call, others simply talked around a table, and even more ended up chatting on the sofas to useful people they had met.Throughout the day there were four different sessions running at any one time.Here is our initial summary of the event, with plenty more, including a video report, to come. More Fundraising Camps are planned, including one in Canterbury at the University of Kent on 30 November. [View the story “Fundraising Camp, Oxford” on Storify] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 September 2013 | News Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  58 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraisers share their ideas at the first Fundraising Camplast_img read more

Prison officials’ crimes mount at Ramsey Unit in Texas

first_imgHouston“I just can’t take it anymore,” Michael Beck told other prisoners at the W. F. Ramsey Unit state prison, in Rosharon, Texas, 33 miles south of Houston. Then during the first week of January, he wrapped a fan cord around his neck and tied the other end of it to the railing on Row 2 of his cell block.Beck leapt up and then fell 20 feet, his head hitting the steel and concrete stairwell below. Two prisoners rushed to him and carried him up the stairs. Fortunately, the cord snapped and somewhat broke his fall. After the guards stopped laughing, they handcuffed him and had him shipped to the nearby Jester IV Unit, a psychiatric prison.No one called for medical help or provided a stretcher. Over 50 prisoners saw this horrifying event. Prison officials did not take witness statements. No counseling was given to the traumatized men, who were already reeling from the COVID virus and the subsequent lockdowns that have infected almost every person in the prison.Prison during a pandemicRegarding protection from the virus, masks given to the prisoners are made by prisoners working in the laundry. They cut up prison bed sheets, which are so thin that this reporter can see her household lights through the fabric of the mask she was given.No Texas prisoner has received visits since last March. Phone calls are allowed for some, depending on their disciplinary status. The isolation is mentally challenging. The craft shop is not open. Schooling is done via mail. The Ramsey Unit has three recreation yards and two gymnasiums, yet they were rarely used until dozens of prisoners recently filed grievances regarding the lack of recreation time. Prison activist Nanon Williams reported, “Now they are running recreation all day and night. Before, it was only on their paperwork.”The stress increases every day in all U.S. prisons, jails and detention centers, where it is impossible to socially distance. At the Ramsey Unit, proper masks are not given out until after a prisoner tests positive for the virus. Then that person’s entire wing is quarantined. Only after the virus is present do prisoners on that wing get N-95 masks.But the Ramsey Unit reportedly has 4,000 N-95 masks in storage. Williams said, “These masks are not being used to prevent the spread of the virus, but instead are used only when the virus is already present. Prisoners are being moved around, and it’s impossible to socially distance.”Nanon Williams with his mother, Lee Bolton, in 2000.No retaliation for exposing conditions!Prisoners who write grievances or contact their families or the news media with information about conditions that are dangerous, inhumane, illegal or racist should not be retaliated against. Often, prisoners who file grievances or complain about conditions are shipped out to another prison unit, far from family and support. Or they may lose their jobs working in the kitchen or laundry and be put out in the fields. Or their parole may be denied because they are a “trouble maker.”One particular officer, who was involved in a disciplinary case quota scam a few years ago, is now trying to find out which prisoners corresponded with the media. Lieut. Joe Lopez ordered a quota system at the Ramsey Unit two years ago. It resulted in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice changing the policy to expressly prohibit requiring guards to meet disciplinary quotas.After the quotas were exposed in Workers World newspaper, the Houston Chronicle and other major media, Lopez was demoted in rank. Last November when an article appeared in Workers World Newspaper that had his name in it,  he told prisoners who work around him that he is going to “f–k over” those who specifically communicated with WW. Prisoners say he can do this by having guards working under his command plant contraband on prisoners or enter the phone numbers of a prisoner’s relatives into a cell phone that is mysteriously found.Williams has repeatedly told WW that he follows all prison rules, but that he has a right to correspond with media in Texas and the U.S. regarding guards’ and officers’ abuses and violations. He told this reporter, “I am not in fear of my life. I do not want to get transferred away from my family for reporting the wrongs that I see or writing articles or books or whatever. I am within the rules of the governing policy here and should not be punished for doing so.”No prisoner should be threatened with retaliation for doing what is legal. It is the carceral state that needs to be retaliated against. Prisons torture, maim and murder every day. Not only should prisoners expose and fight against this, but it is the duty of those outside the prisons to support those prisoners. United in solidarity, we will tear down the walls!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

PUSD’s 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Results Out

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy With the release of the 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) results today by the California Department of Education (CDE), the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the state of California close the chapter on state standardized tests and API scores being based on the current state standards.Since the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations were fully aligned to state standards in 2003, PUSD’s API score increased by over 100 points going from 648 in 2003 to 751 in 2013.The Academic Performance Index (API) measures the academic performance and growth of schools. The numeric index ranges from a low of 200 and to a high of 1000 with a statewide target of 800.Like the STAR tests on which the API scores are based, performance among PUSD schools was mixed. Eight PUSD schools received a score at or above 800, the state’s performance target. San Rafael Elementary saw the biggest increase among PUSD schools with a 54 point jump to score an 834 and crossed over the 800 API score threshold. Sierra Madre Elementary was the top scoring school in the district with an API score of 905.“The impact of the deep budget cuts of the last several years can be seen in the dip of scores at the district and state level, demonstrating that a 16% reduction in district revenues since 2008-2009 does have a lasting impact on the academic careers of students,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “In consideration of the district’s limited resources, we decided to focus on preparing students for the new Common Core Standards rather than take the ‘drill and kill’ instructional approach with these expiring standards.”The education system in California will be entering a new era of standards and assessments starting this school year. The state and district are transitioning to the Common Core State Standards, a set of common standards that will be shared among 45 states that describe clearly and consistently what students are expected to learn in mathematics and English language arts from kindergarten to 12th grade.For teachers it means teaching beyond the test and the past focus on the acquisition of content. Students will be asked to focus more on the why rather than the who, what, when and where. The new Common Core Standards are being phased into PUSD instruction this year after a teacher-driven process of revising and rewriting the district curriculum. For more information of the transition to Common Core, please visit anticipated, CDE did not issue an API score to Norma Coombs Alternative School nor will it in 2014 due to a serious testing irregularity during the administration of the STAR tests last spring. In one classroom, students reported that they were encouraged to check their work during the test, a violation of test rules. When discovered, the district promptly reported the incident to CDE officials.“While the API results are disappointing for some of our schools, I encourage everyone to understand that a school is more than its API score,” stated Gundry. “The innovative programs that the district offers to prepare students for college and career such as our Pathways program and our focus on 21st Century Learning can’t be quantified by the latest round of scores. I look forward to full implementation of SB 1458 which will take programs such as ours into consideration when formulating a schools API score.”SB 1458 (Steinberg) changes the formula for an API score taking into consideration factors such as graduation rates and college and career readiness. The new formula will be in place by May 2015.The California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) results for 2012-1013 were also released today. 77 percent of first time 10th grade test takers passed the mathematics portion of the exam and 79 percent passed the English language arts portion. Students who do not pass one or both parts of the CAHSEE in grade 10 have two opportunities in grade 11 and up to five opportunities in grade12 to pass the exam and do not have to retake the part of the exam that they already passed.To see individual school API scores and background on the API and California’s other school accountability measures, please visit Top of the News Business News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newscenter_img HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Education PUSD’s 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Results Out From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, August 29, 2013 | 3:32 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newslast_img read more

El Niño–Southern Oscillation, Pliocene climate and equifinality

first_imgIt has been suggested that, during the Pliocene (ca 5–1.8Ma), an El Niño state existed as a permanent rather than an intermittent feature; that is, the tropical Pacific Ocean was characterized by a much weaker east–west gradient than today. One line of inquiry used to investigate this idea relates modern El Niño teleconnections to Pliocene proxy data by comparing regional differences in precipitation and surface temperature with climate patterns associated with present-day El Niño events, assuming that agreement between Pliocene data and observations of modern El Niño events supports this interpretation. Here, we examine this assumption by comparing outputs from a suite of Mid-Pliocene climate simulations carried out with the UK Met Office climate model. Regional patterns of climate change associated with changes in model boundary conditions are compared with observed El Niño–Southern Oscillation teleconnection patterns. Our results indicate that many of the proposed ‘permanent El Niño’ surface temperature and precipitation patterns are observable in Mid-Pliocene climate simulations even when they display variability in tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures (SSTs) or when forced with a modern east–west SST gradient. Our experiments highlight the possibility that the same outcome may be achieved through different initial conditions (equifinality); an important consideration for reconstructed patterns of regional Mid-Pliocene climate.last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – History

first_imgThe instruction of students in the discipline of History.Teaching face to face, online, hybrid and/or blended.Familiarity with LMSResponsibilities/DutiesBased on Master Syllabus, design and teach assigned classsession(s), leveraging digital content and multi-media resources inthe classroom;Assesses student engagement/understanding during each classsession and throughout the semester;Collect, grade, and report assignments and homework;Maintain and update the syllabus and course materials andmaking sure they are available through the College’s LearningManagement System;Advise learners in ways to help them meet their educationalgoals;Assess and evaluate learning;Provide timely, thoughtful and constructive feedback tolearners; andPerform other related duties as assigned.Required QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:Master’s degree in History or closely related fieldOne (1) year of teaching history in post-secondary education orrelated fieldExperience with online teaching and Learning ManagementSoftware (LMS). Description/Job SummaryOverview of Position:last_img read more

Search For Your Indiana School’s 2019 Graduation Rate

first_imgMost schools graduate the vast majority of their students. But graduation rates remain stubbornly low at some schools, such as charter schools that specialize in serving adults and virtual charter schools. Find your school’s information below in our searchable database. Some schools are not included because the state does not release data for schools with fewer than 10 students in the graduating class to comply with federal privacy laws. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Search For Your Indiana School’s 2019 Graduation RateBy Emma Kate Fittes FOR CLARKBEAT, INDIANA Indiana’s graduation rate remains above the national average, according to new data released this week by the Indiana Department of Education, but the percentage of students who graduated dipped slightly in 2019.In 2019, 87% of Indiana students graduated, compared to 88% in 2018. The state has seen relatively steady graduation rates since 2011, fluctuating small amounts each year.“There is still work to be done,” said State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick in a press release. “The Department will continue to commit its resources to local districts, working together to ensure our children graduate prepared for life beyond high school.”last_img read more

Notre Dame Champion Bill Whiteside Sees a New England Win in Super Bowl 51

first_imgBill Whiteside Played on the Notre Dame National Championship Team of 1949. By Tim KellyBill Whiteside knows a thing or two about championship caliber football.The Ocean City resident was a member of Notre Dame’s undefeated and untied 1949 national championship team, as well as the 1948 team that went 9-0-1 (Michigan edged out the Fighting Irish for the championship that year).At the time Whiteside was at South Bend, pro football was still in its formative years and college ball was king. Under legendary coach Frank Leahy, Notre Dame was in the midst of its greatest run of success, going 36-0-2 in four years and winning three national titles during that span.  The 1949 squad is regarded as one of the greatest college teams of all time.Whiteside, a 5-10, 172-pounder from LaSalle High in Philadelphia, saw action at quarterback, halfback and defensive back during his Notre Dame career.Bill shared his views on today’s Super Bowl 51 matchup with OCNJDaily, and like many fans who snoozed through more than a few Super mismatches; he is mostly rooting for a good game.“I don’t care who wins,” the longtime Eagles fan said. “I want to see a good game and I think we will.”Bill feels the Atlanta Falcons have a great chance to pull off the upset and have been largely underrated by the pundits.“They have a good group,” Whiteside said. “They have a terrific quarterback (Matt Ryan), the kid from (Philadelphia’s) Penn Charter. I really like him. And Julio Jones is just an outstanding player. Their running back (Devonta Freeman) is really good, too. They have a nice, balanced offense.  But people have really overlooked their defense.  Nobody expected them to (shut down) Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers the way they did.”If the Falcons pull off another upset, it wouldn’t surprise Whiteside.But on the other hand, he said, the Patriots are still the Patriots.“As much as you have to respect Atlanta, my thinking keeps coming back to New England. I mean, these guys just seem to find a way to win. Heck, they have taken Eagles castoffs who are being really productive for them,” he said in reference to cornerback Eric Rowe, who surrendered just two completions in nine targets in the AFC championship game, and who made a key interception on a Ben Roethlisberger pass late in the game.“It’s coaching,” Whiteside said, “but it’s also the players buying in.”And then of course, there is Tom Brady. “Nobody is better than Brady,” Whiteside said, “but they have a backup in Jimmy Garoppolo who would start for most NFL teams.”  Garoppolo filled in admirably during Brady’s “deflategate” suspension, going 2-0 with zero interceptions before being sidelined with a shoulder injury against Miami.OK, put Whiteside’s feet to the fire and does he think the Falcons win their first-ever Lombardi? Or will Brady get a ring for his thumb?“New England!” Whiteside said with emphasis. “It’s just too hard to go against them.”last_img read more

Lotus Releases Jaw-Dropping New Album ‘Eat The Light’ [Full Stream/Review]

first_imgAs the summer months reach fevered temperatures, with festival culture in full swing, Philadelphia electro-rockers Lotus return with a new studio album Eat the Light, blessing fans with new material in the rapid fashion to which they have become accustomed. Featuring vocals on every track, the brand new jams are coursing with infectious beats and a focus on big, bright choruses. Mixing up styles and criss-crossing genres, the singing can be R&B and indie-rock, female or male, songs rock n’roll and electronic alike. With the release of Eat the Light, Lotus has clearly expanded their horizons and harnessed a new vision; sunglasses just may be in order.   Lotus saw the ‘Magic Hour’ as it’s muse; the time just after sunrise – and just before sunset.  Focusing on simple themes of the summer sunlight and the promise of possibility, set against a subtle paranoia brought on from society’s growing technological oversaturation, the new record is made from a cinematographers perch. Within the art, a listener will find heightened energetic vibrations and surrealism abound; Eat the Light lives in the Magic Hour. “I wanted Eat the Light to be a celebratory album that people could sing along to while driving down the California coast,” says Luke Miller. “This is the sound of summer that makes you want to dance and raise your hands to the sky.”Listen to the full album below, and read on for the full review.Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Mutlu Onaral is most known for collaborating with another local hero, Amos Lee. Onaral contributes vocals on two tracks, including the album opener, “Fearless.” A song about “the indestructible feeling that propels you to try something new and scary,” Lotus channels a disco  vibe, and rocks out with an orchestral arrangement atop interesting percussion. Later in the record, Mutlu rides over “When Our Nerves No Longer Twitch,” which incorporates yet another of Lotus’ many styles, awash in glitch electronics and Wurlitzer wonder, yet as advertised, brings an undeniable hook and catchy chorus. Billboard unveiled “Eats the Light”, the album’s first single, in January. The opening salvo hinted toward the stripped down, minimalist arrangements, and a clear homage to Remain In Light-era Talking Heads. Vocals were handled by Gabe Otto of Pan Astral, who had logged time singing Heads material with Lotus during their Deconstructed shows. The single and the new direction only hinted at the future.  Bubbly analog synths and driving grooves inspired by early-80s Byrne and post-disco dance culture, “Eats the Light” is more than just a dreamland, it’s a canvas of minimalist surrealism in pop art. Technologic-fueled paranoia, in a world oversaturated by bright screens that obscure art, is at the core of this document.“The main focus was to go towards things that were definitely dancey and really hooky, and as far as the arrangement kind of simplify things and go towards pretty classic song structures but definitely keeping that Lotus groove that kind of goes through all our music, no matter what styles the songs are in,” said bassist Jessie Miller.With a pulsating beat and syncopated bassline, “Move Too Fast” is a fun frolic, with Johnny Fissinger of Philly fam Damn Right taking the vocals; while “Anti Gravity” features Los Angeles’ singer Oriel Poole as a sultry songstress atop an aura of summertime romance. Equal parts rock n’roll and EDM, “I’ve Been a Fool (Toy Guns)” pile up layers of sonics in a steady dthat resolves itself mightily. Embracing a raw and unpolished touch, Jesse Miller really emotes on lead vocals, ably assisted by Otto. The duo also inform “Sleep When We Are Dead,” a tune with garage-band origins, that swells into an anthemic stadium swagger fit for rock royalty.It’s not all new faces and newer voices for Lotus on Eat the Light; “White Light Fadeaway” features Steve Yutzy-Burke, welcoming back the old friend. A veteran of seminal material like “Disappear in a Blood Red Sky” and “The Surf”, Burke’s vocals take center stage as the crew channels the Carribean with a bit of psychedelic energy, atypically big synths and bulbous percussion hover about. The more things change, the more they stay the same, and Lotus can always be counted on to reach for the sky, push the envelope, and take big chances in the name and spirit of the art. Eat the Light, despite its somewhat dramatic departures, does nothing to dispel these notions, instead the music and intention found inside the album only should embolden fans to expect such artistic leaps from this band.  B. Getzlast_img read more